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Mar 03, 2016 06:56 |  #1651

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Looks like an amazing setup. How are you liking the caselabs case? Thinking of picking Up a sma8 case for my new build.

Sorry for the late response. I have not been on in a few days.

Don't think about getting one, get it. I am in awe with this case - so much you can do with it. I initially had my mind set on the SMA8, but after adding a few feautres, such 120mm top and some other things (wanted to isolate the radiators from the midboard) the cost and size was right around the STH10, but the STH10 gave me what I wanted with no mods, so I went with that model. It's huge, but I wanted to do an extreme type build and figured one of these cases would top it off. I didn't know they existed until I was surfing youtube looking for reviews on different cases. It reminds me of a one of the older style flat screen TV. I was looking at some of the other larger cases, but they did not offer the customization like the Caselabs.

If you plan to get the Quick Ship case, buy from Performance PCS and use OCN55 code to get 5.5% off.

I'm still debating on the motherboard. I was hoping they had the Godlike Carbon out with some reviews by now. I am procuring other components in the mean time and if it's not available when I am ready to assemble, I will just go with my original plans on the X99a MB.


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Mar 17, 2016 21:10 |  #1652

Figured I should get back into the online world, and here is as good place as any to start.

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Gigabyte GZ-G2 case
Windows 10 64bit
Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 Mobo
Intel Core i5-3570K running at 4.2ghz with Arctic Freezer CPU cooler
16GB Corsair DDR3 Ram
Nvidia 960GTX 2Gb
250Gb Sandisk SSD - Windows
1Tb Samsung HDD - Programs and Files
700Gb Western Digital HDD - Spare
2Tb Samsung D3 USB 3.0 external HDD - backup 1
1tb WD USB 3.0 drive - Offsite backup
Samsung 24" HDMI display and Hanstar 19" DVI display
Kingston USB 3.0 multi card reader - Used daily, excellent piece of kit highly recommended
HooToo USB 3.0 hub
Razer Lycosa Keyboard and Deathadder Mouse on Razer ExactMat mouse mat

Seems to be working for me at the moment. I upgrade parts as and when I can or when they die. Most of my issues lately have been software rather than hardware though so fingers crossed.


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Mar 20, 2016 13:44 |  #1653

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Asus Z97 Pro Gamer MB
Intel i-5 4690K Devil Canyon @4.5 Ghz
Sapphire 390X Tri-X 8Gb
Corsair Vengeance 1866 (2x8)
Swiftech H220 X2 water cooling
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SSD 2. AMD (OCZ) 480 GB (Raid 0)
SSD 3. AMD (OCZ) 480 GB (Raid 0)
Mobius USB 3.0 RAID Hard Drive Enclosure w/ 2 WD Red 4 TB drives in Raid 1
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Mar 27, 2016 14:40 as a reply to  @ Scoobert's post |  #1654

We did a new build this week. This is my son's new computer... he's making me think that it's time to upgrade mine... :rolleyes:

Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive
NZXT Noctis 450 Mid Tower Case
CORSAIR HXi HX750i CP-9020072-NA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 04G-P4-3969-KR 4GB FTW GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling
2 X G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3400 (PC4 27200) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition CO-9050009-WW 140mm High Airflow Case Fan
Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition CO-9050002-WW 120mm Twin Pack High Airflow Case Fan
Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling.
TOSHIBA P300 HDWD130XZSTA 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Desktop Internal Hard Drive
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Apr 10, 2016 13:31 |  #1655

Hmm, haven't seen a Mac build in here in awhile. So here is my desktop photo editing system. This will likely be the last iteration of it. It is pretty much maxed out as far as this model can go.

Mac Pro (Early 2009) w/2010 firmware upgrade
2 x 3.46 GHZ 6-Core Xeon X5690's
32 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC ram
AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072 MB graphics running dual 27" LED cinema displays
Sonnet Tempo SSD Pro Plus 6GB/s SATA PCIe adapter with dual 120 GB SSD's (one for system/apps, one for latest working photos)
Internal drives: 120 GB SSD lightroom catalog, 60 GB SSD Windows 7 bootcamp, 2.0 TB Home user folder, 4.0 TB Photo storage
External drives in 4 bay Mediasonic Probox connected by generic eSATA PCIe card: 4.0 TB Photo backup, 2.0 TB Time Machine, 1.0 TB software downloads
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Apr 10, 2016 15:00 |  #1656

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In Win 901
Gigabyte H77N Wifi

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Apr 10, 2016 17:31 |  #1657

My build will probably stay like this for a while... unless the next lineup of GPU's really are the cat's pajamas... :)

Windows 10
NZXT S340
Intel i7 3820
Asus Sabertooth x79
MSI R9 390
16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333mhz
Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB
Adata SP550 - 480GB
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Apr 30, 2016 10:27 as a reply to  @ Erik S. Klein's post |  #1658

Looks great! I'm looking at building a PC next year and I've fallen in love with the NZXT N450! Did you feel you're missing the optical drive or it doesn't bother you?

For my build I plan to get

Intel i7 6700
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 3 (still deciding on mobo)
G. Skill 16GB DDR4 2666
Cooler Master 212X CPU cooler
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB for my OS and programs
Two WD 2TB Red 5400 HDD.
Xfx XTR 750W PSU
GPU - Since I won't build it till the beginning of next year, I'm waiting to see what Pascal has to offer, otherwise I'll use my 750 Ti till something I like gets released.

The full build is here http://au.pcpartpicker​.com/p/Dvs3zy (external link)


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Apr 30, 2016 17:09 |  #1659

Dlee13 wrote in post #17990509 (external link)
Looks great! I'm looking at building a PC next year and I've fallen in love with the NZXT N450! Did you feel you're missing the optical drive or it doesn't bother you?

For my build I plan to get

Intel i7 6700
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 3 (still deciding on mobo)
G. Skill 16GB DDR4 2666
Cooler Master 212X CPU cooler
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB for my OS and programs
Two WD 2TB Red 5400 HDD.
Xfx XTR 750W PSU
GPU - Since I won't build it till the beginning of next year, I'm waiting to see what Pascal has to offer, otherwise I'll use my 750 Ti till something I like gets released.

The full build is here http://au.pcpartpicker​.com/p/Dvs3zy (external link)

I moved from the Gigabyte board to the Asus because of the fan control. Gigabyte/MSI have very few PWM control fan points. Even though they will have a 4 pins hook up making you think the 4'th pin is for PWM control it's really not. Found this out the hard way when I kept trying to hook up a pwm splitter at different points on the board. Now if you are not going to try and make a silent type setup or are an anal control freak :) this wont matter much. But if you are, I thought you should know since you are in the research phase.




  
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Apr 30, 2016 19:46 |  #1660

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I moved from the Gigabyte board to the Asus because of the fan control. Gigabyte/MSI have very few PWM control fan points. Even though they will have a 4 pins hook up making you think the 4'th pin is for PWM control it's really not. Found this out the hard way when I kept trying to hook up a pwm splitter at different points on the board. Now if you are not going to try and make a silent type setup or are an anal control freak :) this wont matter much. But if you are, I thought you should know since you are in the research phase.

Thanks for the tip but I already faced that fan issue when I got my current build  :p haha. I was so happy when I set it up, that was until I realized all fans were running at 100% non stop and the noise was annoying me so bad.

I ended up buying the NZXT Sentry 3 (external link) which is really great. You can completely stop fans or put that at a low of 40% and solved my problem. On my next build I will maybe get the NZXT Grid + since I won't have access to drive bays.

I am tempted to go for an Asus board like the Z170 Pro Gaming or AR but I'm quite happy with my Gigabyte board and I have read that Asus have had more issues with their 1151 boards so I'm still confused about which to get. Asus definitely have quality boards and I honestly think getting a DOA board is just bad luck sometimes.


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May 14, 2016 20:39 |  #1661

rdalrt wrote in post #17967123 (external link)
Hmm, haven't seen a Mac build in here in awhile. So here is my desktop photo editing system. This will likely be the last iteration of it. It is pretty much maxed out as far as this model can go.

Mac Pro (Early 2009) w/2010 firmware upgrade
2 x 3.46 GHZ 6-Core Xeon X5690's
32 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC ram
AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072 MB graphics running dual 27" LED cinema displays
Sonnet Tempo SSD Pro Plus 6GB/s SATA PCIe adapter with dual 120 GB SSD's (one for system/apps, one for latest working photos)
Internal drives: 120 GB SSD lightroom catalog, 60 GB SSD Windows 7 bootcamp, 2.0 TB Home user folder, 4.0 TB Photo storage
External drives in 4 bay Mediasonic Probox connected by generic eSATA PCIe card: 4.0 TB Photo backup, 2.0 TB Time Machine, 1.0 TB software downloads
Orico 4 port USB 3 PCIe card with Lexar HR2 Hub card reader

Mine is similar, except:

2 x 3.3GHz Xeons
4 x 300GB 10K Velociraptors In 4x stripe (Home Folder)
Sonnet Temp0 6GB/Sec PCIe card, with 2 x 240 GB OWC 6G Pro Mercury Extreme SSDs (System)
1 TB Hitachi Drive for on-Board TM
240 GB OWC Mercury Electra (Scratch Drive and Bridge Cache)
Nvidia Quadro 4800 + Nvidia GT120

External NAS running NasFree with 5 X 2 TB drives, in Mirrored Striped Raid on Gigabit network, Image, Music and PS Storage + Additional TM


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May 15, 2016 02:03 |  #1662

Need to upgrade my CPU to an i5 but for now it stands as follows:

Windows 10 (hurrumph)
Corsair 750D Case
Intel G3258 (oc from 3.2 to 4.6ghz)
MSI Gaming 3 Z97
Corsair H110 watercooling
VTX3D 7770 1ghz edtn
16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
120gb Kingston SSD Now v300 (boot and programs)
500gb WD Blue 5200rpm (music drive)
320gb WD Blue 5200rpm (documents)
2tb WD Green (photo drive)
2tb WD Green (videos and copies of software)
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May 18, 2016 09:34 |  #1663

WOW, it has been really long time since i built my 3 rigs at the same time with little difference in time bewteen them [few weeks or months], but sounds i must use them as soon as possible to see for how long they still keep their performances, 2 rigs with i7 and one with i5, not sure for what i built them all, games? photography? videos? GOD alone knows.

Now in any rig, what is the most powerful part to depend on or use the highest value for strong computer? is it the processor or the video card or the RAM? and when you can call your computer strong enough if.....what?

3 rigs, is it really necessary to build one more to be up to date or most games/apps these days aren't that heavy powerful to need to upgrade? What is the best test to see if my rigs one or any of them are good enough without upgrade? is it only games that can judge it or only video and some like CAD software are the only judgment when i don't do any CAD things and not yet into videos to be honest?


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May 18, 2016 09:38 |  #1664

Forgot to say that tha i5 computer is in use by my kids, it is my test and scratch rig anyway, not trying to use it for very heavy use if any, but for now it holds its strength for anything my kids or me throwing on it, mostly some recent games but not those very heavy games, Call of Duty for example is working fine, my kids don't care how fast it should be as it is fast enough, they really don't care about ultimate speed or razor fast speed games to have, they don't have lags or flicks or whatever, so they are happy, and it is my least build rig, so no doubt the other one i7 will be like..... you know  :p


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Jul 13, 2016 15:33 |  #1665

I added a PNY GTX 980 Ti to my rig last weekend because I got it for a song :) So glad those new 1070's and 1080's are so overhyped right now :lol:

Build as it sits now;

NZXT S340 case
Asus Sabertooth X79 Mobo
Intel i7 3820 clocked at 4.2ghz with an AIO cooler
PNY GTX 980 Ti reference card
16GB Corsair 1333hz DDR3
Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD for OS and applications
Adata 480GB SATA 6 SSD for game drive
1TB 7200rpm HDD for other general storage
Vizio P65 is usually my monitor, though for paid work I use my other ASUS calibrated IPS monitor

I'm pretty darn happy with the build as it sits now :) It'll play most of my games at 4K/60hz with a slight OC on the GPU and the Nvidia card actually works properly with GPU acceleration in Adobe software (unlike the AMD cards I had before).


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